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Plowshare


Published 1961 circa


Atomic / nuclear weapons testing


Producer U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, San Francisco Operations Office
Audio/Visual sound, color

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Reviewer: pcornelius - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2014
Subject: Description is inaccurate
As is described in the video, the scientists and engineers of the Atomic Energy Commission designed special nuclear explosives adapted to the requirements of civilian use. ‘Nuclear weapons’ were not involved, any more than blasting in ordinary mining operations is done with bunker-buster bombs.
While not all of the concepts advanced in the course of Plowshare were necessarily viable, very promising results were obtained. It is unfortunate indeed that anti-nuclear hysteria and the political exigencies of the Cold War period led to its abandonment.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2013
Subject: More nuclear hilarity!
Ah, the 1950's, where everyone thought the nuclear power could be used for anything. In this film, we probably see the most ridiculous in it's potential uses, EXCAVATING! Yes boys and girls, the government was actually thinking of using the bomb to clear bothersome rock, make another Panama Canal and helping the world by blowing up 5-6 bombs AT A TIME to get rid of rock. This film of course, poo-poos the subject of radiation, stating that very little radiation "goes into the atmosphere". Yeah, it just stays in the ground, waiting to seep out in the many mining projects or the water sources the government were proposing. Mostly mouth dropping and mind boggling, this film will have you shaking your head. Highly reccomended!
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